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Mixed Metaphors

Harold Henderson’s review of Where Are Poor People to Live? [“Is Mixed-Income the Way?” December 15] raises the question of “mixed-income housing.” If you’re not going to start something new in a cornfield, there are two ways to have poor people and middle-class people live in the same neighborhood. You can have poor people move […]

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The TIF Take

Michael Miner [Hot Type, August 25] quotes a source who says that the success of TIFs “for the general population–maybe, maybe not.” She is being much too kind to the idea. As [Ben] Joravsky has reported, TIFs have caused all sorts of problems for the general taxpayer [see chicagoreader.com for a free archive of TIF […]

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Science v. Economics

Cecil’s latest column on global warming [April 7] is far from “Straight Dope.” The connection between burning fossil fuels and global warming is the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. And atmospheric CO2 has been measured directly for decades. The measurements have gone up. Cecil raises the point that the burning of fossil fuels […]

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Our Iraqi Occupation

To the editor, Tori Marlan’s excellent story [“How I Learned to Hate the War,” September 30] about “Jake,” the returned national guard soldier who had been an interrogator in Iraq (and the nicest things ever said about the Chicago Police Department in the pages of the Reader), leads me to three comments not much related […]

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Judicious Reasoning

To the editor: Ben Joravsky’s slash and burn attack against both judicial subcircuits and the IVI-IPO endorsement process for them [Neighborhood News, March 11] raises some questions, a rational discussion of which could benefit the public. On judicial subcircuits: If you took the Democratic ballot in the eighth subcircuit, you faced a choice of 101 […]

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With Feminists Like These…

To the editors: Bryan Miller’s story, “Right Wing Feminists” [October 1], contrasts sharply with the article on Christian feminists a few weeks back [“Was Christ a Feminist?,” August 27]. The Christian feminists, while believers who kept within the tradition, worked equally hard at their feminism. Indeed, their primary audience was the Church to whom they […]

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Let Them Burn Guano

To the editors: Harold Henderson’s article “A Dumb Deal” [November 15] reveals why some of us have been advocating a municipal buyout of Com Ed for some time. First, the arrogance of the company is astonishing. They announce that they will tie the City up in court for decades if the City tries to enforce […]

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Dispatch From the Class War

To the editors: Richard Jackson caught Bruce Chapman [“Policy: The Last Days of the Baby Boom”] with a standard Conservative Con: describe a real problem, then promote “solutions” which have nothing to do with the problem but do redistribute income to the rich. First, the problem. “By 2020 the share of the population that is […]

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Billy Bull

To the editors: Buried deep in your story on the 46th Ward race [March 29] is an appalling attack on constitutional rights by Senator Billy Marovitz. The homeless have as much right to vote as anyone else, and courts have upheld that right. The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners put out a press release last […]

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ECC Wants It Both Ways

To the editors: The ECC position on scattered site public housing (Neighborhood News, 14 Sept.) contrasts with their position on gentrification. When a new owner evicts long-time residents of the community, some of whom have contributed more to the quality of life in their neighborhood than the average ECC board member has in hers, the […]

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Getting the Lead Out

To the editors: Your story on mayoral neglect of children poisoned by lead [Neighborhood News, 25 May] is especially poignant to residents of the 48th Ward. The deciding vote to kill Orr’s proposed $1 million addition was cast by Mary Ann Smith. A referendum on whether the city should spend 33 cents per resident to […]

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Com Ed’s Smokescreen

To the editors: John Hogan’s claim that community groups “evaded the issue, obfuscated the issue,” in the referendum to replace Com Ed shows more chutzpah than honesty (Neighborhood News, 13 Jan. ’89). The referendum questions were as accurate as space for a ballot question allows. Com Ed’s response was a smokescreen. The ballot question in […]

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The Bible Makes Them Do It

To the editors: Dan Liberty’s piece (25 March ’88) on Fundamentalists Anonymous contained much useful analysis of the fundamentalist phenomenon, but it was marred by the common attempt to define a theological perspective in terms of its stylistic by-products. Fundies follow a cluster of theological beliefs–ironically, often the opposite of their reputation–and these beliefs must […]